Some of these tips for making yourself happier are slightly obvious, others aren’t. Though they may not be for everyone, a lot of these tips help me and I thought I’d share them with you for when you’re feeling down or sad.
1 – If you have a pet, hug it! Unfortunately, I don’t and sometimes when I’m having a cry I just think everything would be better with a dog or cat to squeeze (gently, obviously).
2 – Think about all of the positives in your life at the moment. Whether it’s something as simple as having a roof over your head or having a job and good friends/family.
3 – Remind yourself of all of the amazing things you’ve achieved so far.
4 – Be nice to someone. Whether it’s a friend or doing a good deed for a complete stranger, it’s always nice to make – and see –someone else happy. Laughter and happiness are pretty infectious!
5 – Take some time out. Be it five minutes, hours, days, weeks or months. Your happiness comes first and if you’re feeling really low, try and find a way to take some time out to figure out how you can make things better for yourself. I did this last year and it helped me to make some decisions that benefitted my life in the long-term, so I’d highly advise it.
6 – Set yourself some goals and try to achieve them. Make sure that they’re written down in your notes app on your phone, in a journal, in a diary, on a blog, in a vlog… wherever! You’ll feel pretty motivated and excited. It’ll also be great to look back and see which ones you’ve achieved or even for reflection to see how you can change what you’ve been doing in order to achieve them.
7 – Look at positive things: quotes on Instagram (check out KeepItBright and ThisIsAHappyPage) or Pinterest, cheerful blog posts (like this one!), articles, vlogs or keep some positive and motivational posters/coasters around you – I have over ten and though people make fun of me for having them all over my room, they do make me happy!
8 – Speak to someone; your mum, your best friend, your sibling or anyone who you feel you can confide in who will listen. After speaking to my mum or one of my friends, I feel like I can conquer anything and they really have helped me to build my confidence by believing in me, along with others.
9 – Go somewhere you love. It could be one of your favourite places from your childhood, a quiet cafe, the beach, the park… anywhere! Whether you go on your own or with someone, it gives you a chance to collect your thoughts and distance yourself from your problems – if only temporarily.
10 – Exercise. I’m awful at this one, but every time I do manage to work out or even go for a long walk, the happy hormones do kick in and I instantly feel pretty invincible – after I’ve managed to catch my breath, obviously.
11 – Listen to music. Preferably something happy and upbeat. Not only will it motivate you, but it is also likely to cheer you up.
12 – Have a little dance. Or a head bob…whatever floats your boat.
13 – Try and take your mind off whatever may be getting you down temporarily. I tend to watch vlogs or read blog posts, or even watch my favourite TV shows. I prefer watching something that is fairly cheerful and requires minimal focus/brainpower. If I really want to switch off and distract myself I’ll watch some of my favourite reality TV shows.
14 – Look through old photographs and cards, there’s plenty of happy moments to reminisce on in those. My friend Johanna made an amazing scrapbook full of memories for my birthday years ago. I recently dug it out and just laughed and smiled at every page. In fact, why not gather old photos (or get them printed) and make your own!
15 – Pamper yourself (see my post here for super-simple and fun ways to have a pamper day/evening). Treat yourself to something you wouldn’t normally, whether it’s a hot chocolate or a manicure!
16 – Think about all the things that make you a great person. I’m the last person to be big-headed, but it’s always good to give yourself a little credit and recognise what a fab person you are.
17 – Remind yourself of how lucky you are to have the life you do have. Though there may be plenty of negative things happening at the moment, try and focus on being grateful for what you do have and things that are going well.
18 – Avoid dwelling on the past. I am SO guilty of this one, but it helps no one. You can only learn from it and build on bad past experiences or actions. Moping about the past helps no one, especially not you, so why do it?
19 – Look at cute pictures of animals. Instagram and Twitter are the best places for this, in my opinion. I’ve also been told Reddit has plenty too. You’re all welcome.
20 – Do some colouring in. Adult colouring in books have been all the rage the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why. I received a few for Christmas and they’re fun and rather therapeutic. My favourites are the Joanna Basford ones (you can get yourself one here, I love the Secret Garden colouring book), but there are such a variety available now that you can find.
21 – Forget about your worries and your troubles. Baloo the bear got it so right in The Jungle Book. Sometimes it’s OK to just ignore all the mundane, stressful tasks you have ahead of you for just a few minutes or hours. You’ll be surprised how focussed you are if you just go for a quick stroll for 10 minutes or sit outside, and then get back to work or whatever you were doing.
22 – Try and smile. It sounds a bit odd, but if you force yourself to smile or laugh (by maybe looking at the aforementioned cute animal pictures and videos) it may just stick!
23 – Write your thoughts down. Sometimes seeing what’s worrying/upsetting/annoying you in writing can help you look at the problem a little clearer, and can potentially make you feel like you can conquer it. Even the process of thinking about the problem in your head and breaking it down can make it seem so much more simple and manageable.
24 – Paint your nails. You’ll focus so much on avoiding smudges that you’ll forget about your worries – for a short time, at least!
25 – Think about – and be grateful for – all of the lovely people you have around you.
26 – Plan something to look forward to. A holiday, a mini break, a dinner with friends or a Netflix marathon on the weekend (all of these will inevitably happen). Creating a countdown is also surprisingly satisfying.
27 – Treat yo’self! Every now and then, it’s a good idea to spoil yourself. It could be a new item of clothing, the handbag you’ve been lusting after for months or a nice evening at a cocktail bar, whatever makes you happy.
28 – Eat cake. Not necessarily every single time you’re feeling sad, but a delicious red velvet cupcake has been known to turn my frown upside down.
29 – Go for a long walk. Whether it’s down your street, in a park, through city streets or somewhere quiet and calm. It really does help.
30 – Tidy your room. Honestly, mum’s are so right when they say a tidy room is a tidy mind. I often stick on my YouTube music playlist and get to work. You’ll feel so proud and refreshed once it’s all spotless.
31 – Go one step further and redecorate your room. Hop on Pinterest, Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, Instagram and blogs to draw some inspiration, and revamp your room. It needn’t be expensive and could just be a reshuffle of your furniture or painting a feature wall, but the whole experience can be seriously fun and may help you to take your mind off things.
32 – Go to a comedy show or watch your favourite comedians sketches online. You’re guaranteed to laugh at least a little!
33 – Do something crafty. If you’re already a pro at painting and haven’t done it for a while, pick up that paintbrush. Or, if you’re as hopeless at crafts as me, why not learn or brush up on a skill? There are heaps of websites and tutorials online these days so you could try anything from fashion illustration to knitting.
34 – Light a candle. They’re calming and they smell great, what more could you ask for!
35 – Have a relaxing bath. My favourite baths involve Lush products (check out my post about the new store and my favourite products here), candles and silence. It’s a great time to think, reflect and completely zone out.
36 – Cuddle.
37 – Put on your favourite pyjamas. Whether it’s a flannel set or a satin number, just get cosy.
38 – Read. Escape reality for a few hours and just enjoy being immersed in a brilliant book.
39 – Volunteer somewhere. It’s a great way to meet people, get out of the house and do something you potentially love. UAE readers, Dubai Kennels and Cattery, K9 Friends and Feline Friends are probably always on the lookout for volunteers so try and reach out to them.
40 – Make a list of all of the things that you are grateful for. It should instantly cheer you up.
41 – If it’s your thing, try yoga.
42 – Or if you’re more like me, why not try your hand at boxing (pardon the pun). I find it very stress relieving and fun.
43 – Don’t entirely rely on other people for happiness. You need to learn to be happy with yourself and your own company first.
44 – Try baking, cooking or whizzing up a smoothie. I love creating delicious smoothie concoctions in my Nutribullet, and can honestly say that it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made.
45 – Everything is honestly going to be OK. If it’s not OK immediately, things often do get much better in the long-term. I often find myself looking back at problems I once had and thinking, ‘Wow. Look how much my life’s improved since then, I had no reason to worry after all!’.
46 – Get off your phone and the internet once in a while. It’s so easy to become trapped in a cycle of checking Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (repeat). Sometimes it’s good to completely disconnect and give yourself some ‘me’ time where you just do nothing.
47 – Glam up! Once in a while, it’s nice to put on your favourite outfit, take your time with your makeup (rather than applying it in a rush in a cab or on the tube!) and feel great – ideally with a special night out where you feel like a million dollars. If that’s what you normally do, then why not do the opposite and take it easy? Have a makeup-free day where you just enjoy putting on your favourite jeans, a cosy jumper and trainers.
48 – Do something you’ve been putting off for ages. We often tend to make the tasks seem far harder than they actually are, but it can feel like a weight off your shoulders once the task is completed.
49 – Sing. Belt it out to your favourite song/album. If you fancy singing at the top of your lungs to the Spice Girls classic albums, do it!
50 -Go somewhere new and exciting that you have never been before.
I hope that this post may have helped to cheer you up if you were feeling low. Feel free to share it with friends and family if you think it could help them too.
Let me know anything I’ve missed in the comments below or on Twitter, it would be great to hear your suggestions :).
Thanks for reading!